A long time ago, laptops used to very occasionally convert into tablets but we never made a big deal out of it. They had rotating screens and touch, and were business-oriented. The problem back then was that these laptops weren’t particularly useful most of the time unless you had specific applications in mind.
One year into Windows 8, tablet/laptop hybrids are a dime a dozen. But the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 feels like a new spin on that old swivel-top design. It has plenty of company already, in many cases from Lenovo: the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, the ThinkPad Helix, and theThinkPad Twist, the Twist being a very similar product to the Revolve in many ways with its own swivel-screen design.
Also, there’s the problem of price: the EliteBook Revolve starts at $1,249 and our review configuration with 128GB SSD and Core i5 CPU cost a princely $1,449. When Apple’s latest products undercut yours, you have a problem. And that ThinkPad Twist we mentioned just before starts at $899. The Revolve’s higher price, albeit with an SSD, is hard to swallow, even with its Gorilla Glass 2-covered touchscreen and vPro. Finally, there’s the battery life: a disappointing sub-five-hour score on our tests means it’s operating out of touch with the current PC landscape.FC 27 Dec 09
I liked the Revolve a lot back at CES in January 2013, but it’s July now. An updated Haswell processor (with better battery life) and a lower starting price seem necessary, at minimum, to shoot the Revolve back into a recommendable position. Right now, it’s a good, sturdy little laptop that’s just too little, too late: if it happens to make its way into your office’s selection of business laptop upgrades, however, you won’t be disappointed with how nice it feels. You’ll just wish it had a better battery life.